S-Space College of Nursing (간호대학) The Research Institute of Nursing Science (간호과학연구소) Perspectives in Nursing Science (간호학의 지평) Perspectives In Nursing Science (간호학의 지평) Volume 17 Number 1/2(2020)
동료지원가 활동을 통해 나타난 정신장애인의 임파워먼트 경험
Empowerment Experience of Mentally Ill Persons Providing Peer Support
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 간호과학연구소
- Perspectives in Nursing Science, Vol.17 No.1, pp. 40-48
- Social support; Mentally ill persons; Empowerment; Qualitative research; 사회 지지; 정신장애인; 임파워먼트; 질적연구
- Purpose: This study aimed to describe the empowerment experience of mentally ill persons providing peer support. Methods: Three peer supporters were recruited. A small group interview was conducted with peer supporters in November 2018. The transcribed data were analyzed using a qualitative case study. Results: Three primary themes and seven sub-themes emerged as follows. The first theme is “Personal empowerment,” including 1) Remove the sense of helplessness, 2) Be confident, and 3) Establish self-identity. The second theme is “interpersonal empowerment”, including 1) Breaking out of isolation and taking an interest in peers, and 2) Assert opinion to family. The last theme was “political empowerment”, including 1) Want to legalize "peer support program", and 2) Move to promote "peer support program". Conclusion: Through the activities of peer support, mentally ill persons have diverse empowerment experiences. The results of this study indicated that legislation of the peer support program is necessary to improve their empowerment experience. And it calls for study focusing on the effectiveness and necessity of peer support programs.